Bank Negara comes of age

In the shadow of the 88-storey Petronas Towers and inside the sumptuous Kuala Lumpur Mandarin Oriental, central bankers, A-list economists and assorted lords of finance from some 80 countries met in mid February. The occasion: the 50th anniversary of the creation of Bank Negara Malaysia.

In testament to the respect the institution commands worldwide, the speaker roster read like a who's who of the movers and shakers in the highest circles of global finance. Economic heavyweights Mohamed El-Erian